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Thanks for all the tips and comments from this board. We ate pretty well.

Friday lunch at BAMBOO GARDEN. I loved this place, which we hit right at 11 when they opened. Mediocre potstickers (should have known), then things picked up in a major way with Szechuan green beans, cold hacked-up rabbit with chili oil, chong qing chicken, and dry-fried frog.

Stopped at LE PICHET for a mid-afternoon snack -- chicken liver terrine and a tuna and chickpea salad.

5:00 cocktail at ZIGZAG -- something called, I think, a Chase Manhattan. Absolutely delicious. My first "craft" cocktail experience.

Friday dinner at COTERIE ROOM. We liked this place okay, but the room's a bit cold, the service underwhelming, and the food pretty good but not mind-blowing. We loaded up on the starters -- ham cracklings with fonduta, poutine, octopus salad with corona beans and mustard greens (our favorite), and steak tartare. After a brief respite, my son ordered their hamburger (surprisingly delicious with tasty beef, a great bun, and an acidic tomatillo ketchup) and my wife and I shared two more starters -- the mac and cheese with truffles and duck ham and a stinging nettle puree. All in all, a nice meal.

We slowed down a bit after Friday.

We had to go to Tacoma Saturday morning for graduation activities, so picked up some (frighteningly expensive) TD donuts at DAHLIA BAKERY for the drive down, and my son grabbed a breakfast sandwich of some kind. Must have been good because he didn't share.

Saturday lunch in Tacoma was at SOUTHERN KITCHEN. Serviceable fried fried stuff.

Took the ferry out to a family dinner on Bainbridge Island Saturday night. Willapa Bay and some kind of BC oysters on the half shell to start, then (yes, I'm bragging) perfectly grilled fresh troll-caught King salmon filet with a lemon and basil compound butter. Lots of salads on the side.

Sunday was Mother's Day and graduation also. We slept in and hadn't made any plans, so just slipped down to DE LAURENTI for San Daniele prosciutto, mortadella, a couple cheeses, butter, and a baguette. Breakfast in the room.

After we got back from Tacoma, about 8 of us met up at SEA GARDEN in the ID. This has become a traditional stop for us when we visit. It was as crowded with families as I've ever seen it -- no doubt the Mother's Day thing. Steamed stuffed tofu with minced prawns, peking duck, crab with ginger and scallions, clams with black bean sauce, salt and pepper squid and pork chops, pea vines with garlic, steamed sea bass, longetivity noodles with mushrooms. As always, great service, and you can't beat the tab.

Monday was our last day in town and also our anniversary, which we celebrated with both of our sons by having a late breakfast at TOULOUSE PETIT. Sazerac, mint julep, and mimosa with beignets to start, then creole hash, pork cheek hash, eggs hussard, and skirt steak. The breakfast happy hour thing is quite a deal.

Monday dinner was the highlight of our trip. Probably the nicest, most well-balanced (and reasonably priced) restaurant meal in quite some time doing the "fancy" at STAPLE & FANCY. The first round brought: sliced fresh mozzarella with fresh spring peas dressed with some balsamic and garnished with plumped currants; a pile of prosciutoo; chickpeas with rock shrimp, olives, and pickled peppers; perfectly grilled asparagus; fried oysters with a hot pepper aoli; smoked albacore crostini; and escolar crudo with an avocado puree and fresh chiles.

Pasta was next: Pork ravioli with brown butter and fiddleheads; and strozapretti with clams, cumin seed, and fresno chiles.

The mains were a grilled sea bass fillet with a nettle salsa verde and a chicken with fried spinach and garlic sauce.

For the life of me I can't remember what dessert was, but I recall it being perfectly tasty.

If you haven't been to S&F, I'd highly recommend it.

Anyway, there's my trip report!

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  1. Thank you for the great write up and the reminder to get back to Staple & Fancy!